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Old 09-14-2012, 10:45 AM   #1
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Do you skip parts of book in a series?

Last week I was reading Changes from Harry Dressden series by Jim Butcher. I like the series and planning to re-read it after finishing the Ghost story. But I noticed that I skipped many parts in the book. Especially, where Harry starts thinking and talking to himself. Maybe it’s because I already know how he thinks and too eager to know the story than dwelling in his thoughts. I did it while reading previous books in the series as well. The funny part is that I don’t feel I missed anything. I remember doing the same while reading last book of the first law series by Joe Abercrombie. I am wondering if this happens with any of you as well when reading a series.
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Old 09-14-2012, 11:10 AM   #2
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I try not to. But, there have been a few times where I started a series somewhere in the middle and had to back-track to get the first few books.

I started the Dark Tower series with book #3 on mistake. It wasn't until I finished it and saw that the bookshelf held the other books out of order.
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Old 09-14-2012, 11:28 AM   #3
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I generally don’t do this. Maybe I will take a break from back to back books in a series and read more standalone books for some time.
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Old 09-14-2012, 11:38 AM   #4
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Never. Either I like the series and read it from end to end, or I drop it after the first book. If I don't read it the way the author intended it to be read, I might not 'get it' and I feel it is kind of a waste.

The only thing I skip is poems in texts.
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Old 09-14-2012, 01:34 PM   #5
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I generally like to read a series in chronological order.
I am currently reading Patrick O'Brian's Aubrey/ Maturin Series. I was going to break up the series and read other books in between. I did that with the first two books in the series. Unfortunately, (maybe) I have read the next four back to back.
I do not skip sections of a book either.
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Old 09-14-2012, 01:39 PM   #6
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I do skip over the recaps that are done to bring new readers up to speed. I don't need to read it in a 20 book series over & over again. I understand why they do it, but since I know the back story I don't have a problem with skipping it.
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Old 09-14-2012, 01:43 PM   #7
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1st time I read cover to cover. But after that I skip. Also IF it been awhile since I read the series I will read cover to cover again.
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Old 09-14-2012, 01:55 PM   #8
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I've done that once, with Plains of Passage by Jean Auel. She has a nasty habit of repeating herself. After skipping sections a few times and still finding stuff repeating, I gave up on the book and, thus, the rest of the series.

First and only time I've done that.
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Old 09-14-2012, 02:32 PM   #9
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The only thing I skip is poems in texts.
That's about it for me too, especially when the poems are in a language that I don't understand (like Elvish or Entish).
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Old 09-14-2012, 02:34 PM   #10
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I have never skipped any parts of a book. Well... fiction, at least. Textbooks, I might read selectively.

I do give up on books, if I think they are not... fun. And I have given up on series before (The Wheel of Time, comes to mind). But no, skipping.... no.
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Old 09-14-2012, 04:31 PM   #11
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No, I'm too paranoid about missing something important. Plus, I'd fret and the fretting would affect my concentration.
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Old 09-15-2012, 12:43 AM   #12
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I usually read everything, since I read books in between series books I like having a recap. But I will also skip poems and skim dream sequences.
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Old 09-15-2012, 02:48 AM   #13
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That's about it for me too, especially when the poems are in a language that I don't understand (like Elvish or Entish).
I first read that as "elvish or english" and thought "me too!"! Then "hey, wait a minute.."...
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It is hard for me to skip sections of a book. When I read I do not see the text, pages or my surroundings. One reason I can not walk and read. I would fall into a man hole or get run over.
It is similar to watching a movie from inside my head. Maybe that is why I prefer to read rather than go to movies. No sticky floors, screaming kids or over priced candy.
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I periodically re-read Lois Bujold's Vorkosigan books - but there are parts of Mirror Dance that I just can't re-read... too painful (oddly, it's not Mark's torture,but Mark's attempt to rescue the clones that I find painful). I generally skip most of the Dinner Party scene in A Civil Campaign as well. I just hate watching beloved characters make asses of themselves.
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